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Re: Equipment for an observatory

Roland Christen
 


I have heard that the ultrasonic varmint repellers work pretty well.
We had some in our Illinois observatory. Didn't work, but regular mouse traps do. With peanut butter.
We also installed some ultrasonic repellers in our Hawaii observatory where mice are a real problem. They pooped all over them and chewed on them.

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Thu, Aug 20, 2020 2:20 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Equipment for an observatory

I have heard that the ultrasonic varmint repellers work pretty well. You might also try mounting an owl decoy on the roof of your observatory.


How do I Install Pempro

Mark Williams
 

Hi
A friend installed an SSD and Win10 on my old laptop which turned out to be a great improvement.  Unfortunalely Pempro is no longer on the machine.  I have the disk that came with the mount in 2015, but it no longer seems to be working as far as the links in the PDF are concerned.  How do I go about getting Pempro back on the laptop?  The reason I'm wanting to redo the PEC is because my guiding is horrible.  I'm ashamed to say that I haven't used the mount in over three years.  I had hoped that remeshing the gears would solve the problem, but no such luck.

Thanks
Mark


Re: Equipment for an observatory

M Hambrick
 

I have heard that the ultrasonic varmint repellers work pretty well. You might also try mounting an owl decoy on the roof of your observatory.


Re: APPM and color cameras #APCC

Dean Jacobsen
 


Re: maintaining the scope pointing upward while slewing #APCC

lacour.morten
 

Thank you for answering. If not too complicated, it might be worth considering in an upgrade?


Re: APPM and color cameras #APCC

Dominique Durand
 
Edited

Hi Dean,
Personally with a QHY294c (4/3 color) on the AP130 or the C11HD I have no problem to model with SGP / Platesolve2. I only take a 1/2 of the sensor on the AP130.


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Michael Hamburg
 

Some methods to deter and neutralize critters?
Michael 


On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 9:11 PM, dvjbaja
<jpgleasonid@...> wrote:
Will you have someone nearby to assist with troubleshooting and repairs?  No such thing as autonomous. If it can fail, it will.  Speaking from experience.  

jg 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 6:02 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?
Mouse traps. Lots of mouse traps. ;^)

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Aug 19, 2020 7:16 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Equipment for an observatory

My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?


Re: maintaining the scope pointing upward while slewing #APCC

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Morten,

I wonder if there is a way to make APCC slew while keeping the telescope pointing upward.
If, during slew, the scope points downward there is more stress on the mirror, and it may tend to move more
than if the weight is kept on its posterior support.
Currently, there isn't a way to do that, but it should be possible to implement either in firmware or via a multi-step slew in APCC.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of lacour.morten
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:16 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] maintaining the scope pointing upward while slewing #APCC

I wonder if there is a way to make APCC slew while keeping the telescope pointing upward.
If, during slew, the scope points downward there is more stress on the mirror, and it may tend to move more
than if the weight is kept on its posterior support.

Morten


Re: APCC-Pro manual temperature/pressure entry question

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Bob,

Sorry, I somehow missed this post:

For some reason, the temperature entry box for the pointing model has disappeared. I thought maybe updating
to the latest version would fix it, but unfortunately it hasn't. The pressure box IS still there, so not sure if this is
truly abnormal (screenshot attached).
When APCC is connected to a THUM device or an ASCOM Observable conditions driver, the temperature entry box will become non-editable and display the current temperature.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver


-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Bob Benamati via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 8:20 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] APCC-Pro manual temperature/pressure entry question

Ray,

For some reason, the temperature entry box for the pointing model has disappeared. I thought maybe updating
to the latest version would fix it, but unfortunately it hasn't. The pressure box IS still there, so not sure if this is
truly abnormal (screenshot attached).

Not having a weather station, I originally created a model at 10C, and that info is what is still populating APPM
whenever I've redone a model. Not sure where APPM is drawing that from and if I can/should change it when I
do go to redo a model in the future.

Overall, APCC has been working wonders even for my old 900 CP3, so this is just more of a curiosity than an
urgent need for resolution!

Thanks!
Bob


Re: A couple of doubts about modeling and about not using guiding. #APCC #Mach2GTO

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Dean,

You wrote:
I am assuming then that the temperature and pressure information is applied to the tracking rate calculations
and the tracking rate is adjusted in real time. Is this correct Ray?
Yes, that is correct.

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro
Author of PEMPro V3: https://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

-----Original Message-----
From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dean Jacobsen
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:10 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] A couple of doubts about modeling and about not using guiding. #Mach2GTO #APCC

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 07:20 AM, Ray Gralak wrote:


Bill is correct! You should use some environmental measurement device, such as MGBox V2.

I am assuming then that the temperature and pressure information is applied to the tracking rate calculations
and the tracking rate is adjusted in real time. Is this correct Ray?

--
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Re: Mach-2 can not reach target

 

interesting that just 10mm would do that


On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 6:18 PM Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:
Resolved this problem. The Gerd Neumann ships with a 10mm adapter, and the inside of that adapter was too reflective/shiny. I flocked it with some flocking paper and the problem is resolved. 


From: Bill Long <bill@...>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 10:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
No frost, no condensation at all. I even have the dew prevention on. I think Roland is spot on with the window theory. 

The place image at, is on a wooden deck, suspended two stories in the air. Really not the best place to image, but the only option I have now. Dew is rare that high off of the ground, and with the current weather situation here -- dew isnt a thing even if I were at ground level.  


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 10:11 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
Whenever I have seen a foggy disc or donut like that it has usually been condensation or frost on the inside or the outside of the camera protective front glass above the chip. On the outside on nights of extreme Hawaiian humidity or on the inside when my desiccant plug needs recharging. The trials and tribulations of living in Hawaii...


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Mon, Aug 17, 2020, 6:13 PM Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:
Model running tonight, and what do you know... that halo IS there on this system as well. Since its not Astro Dark, I bet it goes away later as I did not see it previously but it was well into Astro Dark then. 

I took some flats and just looked and the OIII flats show the halo as well. So, has nothing to do with my GTX+Flattener (not that I thought it did). 




From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Bill Long <bill@...>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 4:56 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
Yeah I took it all apart when I put the DK out. Next time I have the GTX up I will investigate further. It will probably disappear, whatever it was. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 4:55 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
Should also show up in your flat field image.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 6:32 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target

Very little changes needed with the field flattener. I did have this strange halo appear in my frames that I can only reproduce with the flattener. The Quad TCC doesnt show it, and my DK doesnt show anything either with the exact same spacers, adapters, and focuser (NiteCrawler). 




From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 4:29 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
I'm thinking Field Flattener which gives more leeway for any tilt, and has higher resolution. Although resolution is probably not an issue with those tiny pixels.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Dale Ghent <daleg@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 6:23 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target


I'm working out the QHY600 + 7x50mm filter wheel on my 130GTX+QTCC right now. Long story short, the focal ratio made traditional tilt correction impossible to do and so I'm awaiting delivery of a CTU from Gerd Neumann, which should have arrived today but FedEx seem to have decided to start competing with UPS in my area for least reliable delivery.

Once I get that on with proper backspacing (I might be able to use an existing part I have, else it's another ~25 day wait for something from Precise Parts) I will hopefully be in business.

Bill's right, the IMX455 sensor that is in the QHY600/ZWO ASI6200 is an astounding performer and blows every prior generation of CMOS clean out of the water. Once the tilt and backfocus demon is tamed, that is.

> On Aug 17, 2020, at 6:20 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
>
> I have ASI6200 with a 7 position filter wheel attached behind the flattener.
> I would love to see how that works. I've been thinking about a QHY 600 camera.
>
> Rolando
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Konstantin von Poschinger <KPoschinger@...>
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Sent: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 4:46 pm
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
>
> Sorry, I have done now the right on! I will report when all is fine now!
> By the way I am imaging with a Stowaway on the Mach2. It is a nice combination and I am happy with the performance. I have ASI6200 with a 7 position filter wheel attached behind the flattener.
>
> Konstantin
>
> <IMG_2228.jpeg>
>> Am 17.08.2020 um 22:15 schrieb uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io>:
>>
>>
>> As Roland said I can prevent this with the $SLD0# command.
>> Well, Roland said it wrong and Howard said it right. Use :LR0# to turn off the RA limits at the Meridian.
>>
>> Rolando
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Konstantin von Poschinger <KPoschinger@...>
>> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
>> Sent: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 3:10 pm
>> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
>>
>> Hello Howard,
>>
>> I have set the limits on both sides! The problem is to move from a cw up position on the east direct to a cw up position in the west. As Roland said I can prevent this with the $SLD0# command. I will test that.
>>
>> Grüsse
>>
>> Konstantin v. Poschinger
>>
>>
>> Hammerichstr. 5
>> 22605 Hamburg
>> 040/8805747
>> 0171/1983476
>>
>>> Am 17.08.2020 um 21:42 schrieb Howard Hedlund <howard@...>:
>>>
>>> Setting an appropriate meridian delay BEFORE the counterweight shaft goes up will also avoid the problem.  This is easily set in APCC.
>
>
> <IMG_2228.jpeg>





--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Shane Ramotowski
 

Hi Eric,

Private message back to you.

Just wanted to let you know that you need to keep track of NM's COVID restrictions.  Currently all travelers entering the state are required to quarantine for 14 days.  We're doing really good at reducing the infection rates and I expect that restriction to lift within the next month, but you should be aware of it and check the governor's public health orders before you come.

- Shane

On 8/19/2020 6:16 PM, Eric Claeys wrote:
My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?
--
Shane Ramotowski
kor@cotse.net
https://www.kor-astro.net


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Chris Carlton
 

As noted, rodents are a potential problem. But please don't use glue traps. They are horribly indiscriminate and will kill creatures that will happily eat mice, or a least won't bother your equipment. In addition to mice that might chew a wire every now and then, in that part of the country, pack rats (Neotoma sp.) are a very serious threat if they set up shop. They did $500 worth of damage to my newish car (not covered by warranty) last year in one night during a trip to Arizona. The mechanic said I was lucky. If a service is available, contract with a pest control operator about excluding rodents and periodical service checks....just no glue traps, which probably won't work on pack rats anyway. 


On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 8:02 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?
Mouse traps. Lots of mouse traps. ;^)

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Aug 19, 2020 7:16 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Equipment for an observatory

My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?



--

Chris Carlton, Ph. D.

Director, Carlton Astronomy Campus

Professor of Entomology, Emeritus

Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA USA 70808

<a href=http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CrAstCmpMSkey.html>


Re: Mach-2 can not reach target

Bill Long
 

Resolved this problem. The Gerd Neumann ships with a 10mm adapter, and the inside of that adapter was too reflective/shiny. I flocked it with some flocking paper and the problem is resolved. 


From: Bill Long <bill@...>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 10:14 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
No frost, no condensation at all. I even have the dew prevention on. I think Roland is spot on with the window theory. 

The place image at, is on a wooden deck, suspended two stories in the air. Really not the best place to image, but the only option I have now. Dew is rare that high off of the ground, and with the current weather situation here -- dew isnt a thing even if I were at ground level.  


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Christopher Erickson <christopher.k.erickson@...>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 10:11 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
Whenever I have seen a foggy disc or donut like that it has usually been condensation or frost on the inside or the outside of the camera protective front glass above the chip. On the outside on nights of extreme Hawaiian humidity or on the inside when my desiccant plug needs recharging. The trials and tribulations of living in Hawaii...


-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
   

On Mon, Aug 17, 2020, 6:13 PM Bill Long <bill@...> wrote:
Model running tonight, and what do you know... that halo IS there on this system as well. Since its not Astro Dark, I bet it goes away later as I did not see it previously but it was well into Astro Dark then. 

I took some flats and just looked and the OIII flats show the halo as well. So, has nothing to do with my GTX+Flattener (not that I thought it did). 




From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of Bill Long <bill@...>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 4:56 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
Yeah I took it all apart when I put the DK out. Next time I have the GTX up I will investigate further. It will probably disappear, whatever it was. 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 4:55 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
Should also show up in your flat field image.

Roland

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Long <bill@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 6:32 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target

Very little changes needed with the field flattener. I did have this strange halo appear in my frames that I can only reproduce with the flattener. The Quad TCC doesnt show it, and my DK doesnt show anything either with the exact same spacers, adapters, and focuser (NiteCrawler). 




From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 4:29 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
 
I'm thinking Field Flattener which gives more leeway for any tilt, and has higher resolution. Although resolution is probably not an issue with those tiny pixels.

Rolando



-----Original Message-----
From: Dale Ghent <daleg@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 6:23 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target


I'm working out the QHY600 + 7x50mm filter wheel on my 130GTX+QTCC right now. Long story short, the focal ratio made traditional tilt correction impossible to do and so I'm awaiting delivery of a CTU from Gerd Neumann, which should have arrived today but FedEx seem to have decided to start competing with UPS in my area for least reliable delivery.

Once I get that on with proper backspacing (I might be able to use an existing part I have, else it's another ~25 day wait for something from Precise Parts) I will hopefully be in business.

Bill's right, the IMX455 sensor that is in the QHY600/ZWO ASI6200 is an astounding performer and blows every prior generation of CMOS clean out of the water. Once the tilt and backfocus demon is tamed, that is.

> On Aug 17, 2020, at 6:20 PM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
>
> I have ASI6200 with a 7 position filter wheel attached behind the flattener.
> I would love to see how that works. I've been thinking about a QHY 600 camera.
>
> Rolando
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Konstantin von Poschinger <KPoschinger@...>
> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
> Sent: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 4:46 pm
> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
>
> Sorry, I have done now the right on! I will report when all is fine now!
> By the way I am imaging with a Stowaway on the Mach2. It is a nice combination and I am happy with the performance. I have ASI6200 with a 7 position filter wheel attached behind the flattener.
>
> Konstantin
>
> <IMG_2228.jpeg>
>> Am 17.08.2020 um 22:15 schrieb uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io>:
>>
>>
>> As Roland said I can prevent this with the $SLD0# command.
>> Well, Roland said it wrong and Howard said it right. Use :LR0# to turn off the RA limits at the Meridian.
>>
>> Rolando
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Konstantin von Poschinger <KPoschinger@...>
>> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
>> Sent: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 3:10 pm
>> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach-2 can not reach target
>>
>> Hello Howard,
>>
>> I have set the limits on both sides! The problem is to move from a cw up position on the east direct to a cw up position in the west. As Roland said I can prevent this with the $SLD0# command. I will test that.
>>
>> Grüsse
>>
>> Konstantin v. Poschinger
>>
>>
>> Hammerichstr. 5
>> 22605 Hamburg
>> 040/8805747
>> 0171/1983476
>>
>>> Am 17.08.2020 um 21:42 schrieb Howard Hedlund <howard@...>:
>>>
>>> Setting an appropriate meridian delay BEFORE the counterweight shaft goes up will also avoid the problem.  This is easily set in APCC.
>
>
> <IMG_2228.jpeg>




Re: Equipment for an observatory

dvjbaja
 

Will you have someone nearby to assist with troubleshooting and repairs?  No such thing as autonomous. If it can fail, it will.  Speaking from experience.  

jg 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 6:02 PM uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io <chris1011=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?
Mouse traps. Lots of mouse traps. ;^)

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Aug 19, 2020 7:16 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Equipment for an observatory

My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Roland Christen
 


What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?
Mouse traps. Lots of mouse traps. ;^)

Rolando


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Claeys <AstroEric@...>
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Sent: Wed, Aug 19, 2020 7:16 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Equipment for an observatory

My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?


Re: Equipment for an observatory

Benoit Schillings
 

Rat killing equipment and stainless braided hoses for the cables.

-- benoit

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 5:16 PM Eric Claeys <AstroEric@eccssw.com> wrote:

My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up. I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory. It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera. It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan. I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain). I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch. I will likely only visit once or twice a year. I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory? Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?


Equipment for an observatory

Eric Claeys
 

My new observatory in NM is almost ready and I hope to drive there in October with my equipment to set it up.  I have a mount (1100GTO-AEL) and telescope, plus a PC/monitor to control it remotely, and will have Internet access as well as a couple cameras to look at the inside of the observatory.  It has a rain sensor and THUM, and is next to NM Skies so I can use their all-sky camera.  It's a roll-off roof and at 7000 ft so doesn't need air conditioning or a fan.  I will have some plastic bins for empty boxes and other stuff (to keep it dry in case of dew or rain).  I have a power surge protector, UPS, and remote power switch.  I will likely only visit once or twice a year.  I will most likely keep the equipment on all the time.
I will connect to the mount via RS232 (the new PC actually has an RS232 port!) and Ethernet when possible, otherwise USB.

What are some things I should consider buying for the observatory?  Chair, broom, step stool, basic tools, other astronomy gear, etc.?


Re: APCC and MBoxV2 #APCC

Phillip Klein
 

Bryan,
Thank you for that additional bit of information.
Appreciate it.
Phillip


On Aug 19, 2020, at 1:35 PM, Worsel via groups.io <bryancashion@...> wrote:

Phillip

In tinkering with the MboxV2 some more, it appears I do not have to connect to the box.  It seems that APPC Pro looks for the box on initialization and displays the info in the Pointing Model Tab. In addition, you can put the cursor over the Temperature or Pressure and you get more info.  Only took me 8 months to learn that!!

Connection in the GPS Tab is only needed to get GPS location.


Bryan


Re: Where is APPC and APPC Pro???

Tom Blahovici
 

Never mind.  You need to open in new tab....

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